Mental Health Association in California
1127 11th Street, Suite 925
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 557-1167
FAX: (916) 447-2350
Rusty Selix is the Executive Director and Legislative Representative for MHAC. He leads all advocacy activities and is responsible for all other staff services.
Zima Creason is MHAC's Associate Director. She works under the direction of Rusty Selix and is responsible for the execution and development of projects set forth by the Organization's Board of Directors. She works to advance the Association's objectives and mission. She also manages all administrative aspects of the organization.
Stacie Hiramoto is the Director for Special Programs for MHAC. She serves as the Director of the statewide Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO). REMHDCO is a partner in the California Reducing Disparities Project, a project funded by the Mental Health Services Act or Proposition 63. She is the general consultant on cultural competence, diversity and reducing disparities.. Stacie is also responsible for special projects as assigned by the Executive Director.
Sandra Poole, MPA is the Assistant Director of the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO). As Assistant Director, Sandra is primarily responsible for REMHDCO’s deliverables of two grant projects that are part of a statewide effort to reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental health. She also serves as staff to the California MHSA Multi-Cultural Committee.
Amber Burkan is the Director of Special Programs at MHAC, and Director of the California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) -- a project of MHAC that works with Transitional Age Youth to empower them to have a voice in mental health policy at the state and local level. She also manages a state-wide contract for the Office of the Patient Advocate to educate the public on their health plans and services, as well as create awareness in the mental health community regarding their rights to care under their health insurance plans.
Desiree Alarcon is MHAC's Association Manager. She manages all administrative aspects of the organization. Working under the direction of the Associate Director she is responsible for assisting in the execution and development of projects set forth by the Organization's Board of Directors.
Tina Denham is a Program Assistant for MHAC. She provides program-specific and legislative affairs support; including grant support, meeting support, and works with other program and administrative staff. She provides the office staff with clerical assistance.